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Famous Birthdays on November 8

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Person of interestNerva

30 Nerva, Roman Emperor (96-98), born in Narni, Italy (d. 98)

Roman Emperor Nerva
Roman Emperor
Nerva
  • 1342 Julian of Norwich, English saint, born in Norfolk, England (d. 1416)

Person of interestVlad the Impaler

1431 vlad III the Impaler, Wallachian prince, born in Sighișoara, Transylvania, Romania (d. 1476)

Wallachian Prince Vlad the Impaler
Wallachian Prince
Vlad the Impaler
  • 1491 Teofilo Folengo, Italian macaronic poet, born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1544)
  • 1572 John Sigismund, Elector of Brandenburg, Duke of Prussia (1618-19), born in Halle, Germany (d. 1619)
  • 1590 Francesco Gonzaga, Italian composer, born in Mantua, Italy (d. 1628)
  • 1592 Domenico Mazzocchi, Italian Baroque composer, born in Civita Castellana, Italy (d. 1665)
  • 1622 Galenus Abrahamsz de Haen, Dutch baptist pastor (Lambs' War), born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. 1706)
  • 1622 Charles X Gustav, King of Sweden (1654-60), born in Nyköping Castle, Sweden (d. 1660)
  • 1647 Pierre Bayle, French philosopher and writer (Historical and Critical Dictionary), born in Carla-le-Comte, Kingdom of France (d. 1706)

Person of interestEdmond Halley

1656 Edmond Halley, English mathematician and astronomer (Halley's comet), born in Haggerston, Middlesex (d. 1742) [OS 29 Oct]

Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist Edmond Halley
Astronomer, Mathematician and Physicist
Edmond Halley
  • 1657 Thomas Bullis Jr., English composer (d. 1712)
  • 1693 Leonhard Trautsch, German composer, born in München, Germany (d. 1762)
  • 1706 Johann Ulrich von Cramer, German judge and philosopher, born in Ulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1772)
  • 1710 Sarah Fielding, English writer (The Adventures of David Simple), born in East Stour, England (d. 1768)
  • 1715 Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Queen of Prussia as wife of Frederik II the Great, born in Schloss Bevern, Germany (d. 1797)

  • 1723 John Byron, British Royal Navy officer (d. 1786)
  • 1760 Jean-Baptiste Dumonceau, Dutch general, born in Brussels, Austrian Netherlands (d. 1821)
  • 1768 Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom, 6th child and second daughter of King George III and Queen Charlotte born in London (d. 1840)
  • 1770 Friedrich Witt, German composer, born in Württemberg, Germany (d. 1836)
  • 1777 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (1818-44), born in Marseille, France (d. 1860)
  • 1814 Girolamo de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku), born in Macchia Albanese, Kingdom of Sicily (d. 1903)
  • 1817 Claudius W. Sears, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Peru, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • 1817 Théodore-Joseph Canneel, Flemish painter, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1892)
  • 1829 Samuel Wylie Crawford, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin County, Pennsylvania (d. 1892)
  • 1830 Oliver Otis Howard, American Major General (Union Army), born in Leeds, Maine (d. 1909)
  • 1831 Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton, English statesman and Viceroy of India (1876-1880) (d. 1891)
  • 1836 Milton Bradley, American business magnate and game manufacturer, born in Vienna, Maine (d. 1911)

Person of interestBram Stoker

1847 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912)

Novelist Bram Stoker
Novelist
Bram Stoker
  • 1847 Jean Casimir-Périer, French politician (President of France 1894-95), born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • 1848 Gottlob Frege, German mathematician and logician (Begriffsschrift), born in Wismar, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, German Confederation (d. 1925)
  • 1849 Edward Julius Biedermann, American organist and composer, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (d. 1933)
  • 1850 Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, born in Prague (d. 1905)
  • 1854 Johannes Rydberg, Swedish physicist (Rydberg formula), born in Halmstad, Sweden (d. 1919)
  • 1862 James Edward Sullivan, American sports official and founder (Amateur Athletic Union), born in NYC, New York (d. 1914)
  • 1863 René Viviani, French historian and 61st Prime Minister of France (1914-15), born in Sidi Bel Abbès, French Algeria (d. 1925)

  • 1866 Herbert Austin, English automobile designer and builder (founder of Austin Motor Company), born in Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1941)
  • 1867 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, born in Helsinki, Finland (d. 1960)
  • 1868 Felix Hausdorff, German mathematician (Hausdorff space), born in Breslau, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1942)
  • 1875 Qiu Jin, Chinese revolutionary, feminist, and writer considered a national heroine in China, born in Shanyin, Shaoxing, Qing Dynasty (d. 1907)
  • 1876 Frank L. Gillespie, American founder of Supreme Life Insurance Company, born in Osceola, Arkansas (d. 1925)
  • 1879 King Baggot, American actor and director (Tumbleweeds), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1948)
  • 1881 Frank Speck, American anthropologist (Algonquin Tribes and Eastern Woodland Native Americans), born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1950)
  • 1881 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French engineer and aviation pioneer who contributed to early heavier-than-air flight in Europe, born in Paris (d. 1957)
  • 1882 Lazare Saminsky, Russian-American composer, born in Valegotsulova, near Odessa (d. 1959)
  • 1883 Arnold Bax, English composer (Farewell My Youth), born in London (d. 1953)
  • 1883 Ethel Clayton, American actress (Hotel Continental), born in Champaign, Illinois (d. 1966)
  • 1884 Hermann Rorschach, Swiss psychiatrist and psychoanalyst (inkblot test - Rorschach test), born in Zürich, Switzerland (d. 1922)
  • 1885 Hans Cloos, German geologist and pioneer in the study of granite tectonics (the deformation of crystalline rocks), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 1951)
  • 1885 Tomoyuki Yamashita [Yamashita Tomobumi], Imperial Japanese general dubbed "Tiger of Malaya," born in Ōtoyo, Kōchi, Japan (d. 1946)
  • 1885 Emil Fahrenkamp, German architect (Shell-Haus in Berlin), born in Aachen, Germany (d. 1966)
  • 1887 Yury Alexandrovich Shaporin, Russian-Ukrainian Soviet composer, born in Hlukhiv, Russian Empire (d. 1966)
  • 1888 David Monrad Johansen, Norwegian composer, born in Vefsn, Norway (d. 1974)
  • 1892 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), born in Lead City, South Dakota (d. 1960)
  • 1893 Prajadhipok, Rama VII, last absolute king of Siam (1925–35), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1941)
  • 1895 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, born in Bunzlau, Silesia,Germany (d. 1981)
  • 1895 Photis Kontoglou, Greek writer, painter and iconographer, born in Ayvalık, Turkey (d. 1965)
  • 1896 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), born in Port Jervis, New York (d. 1977)

Person of interestDorothy Day

1897 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, born in Brooklyn, New York (d. 1980)

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • 1898 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (The Marriage Circle, The Racket), born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada (d. 1937)
  • 1900 Georges Lonque, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1967)

Person of interestMargaret Mitchell

1900 Margaret Mitchell, American author (Gone With the Wind), born in Atlanta, Georgia (d. 1949)

  • 1900 Mihailo Vukdragović, Serbian composer (d. 1967)
  • 1900 Albert F. Frey-Wyssling, Swiss botanist and pioneer of submicroscopic morphology and the discipline of molecular biology, born in Küsnacht, Switzerland (d. 1988)
  • 1901 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), born in Bârlad, Romania (d. 1965)
  • 1901 Szymon Laks, Polish composer (head of prisoners orchestra at Auschwitz), born in Warsaw (d. 1983)
  • 1902 Mihail A Suslov, Soviet party ideologist and statesman, born in Shakhovskoye, Russian Empire (d. 1982)
  • 1904 Cedric Belfrage, English writer and journalist (co-founder of National Guardian), born in Marylebone, London (d. 1990)
  • 1905 Richard Nicholson, musician
  • 1907 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader (Industrial Union of Metalworkers), born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1972)
  • 1908 Martha Gellhorn, American novelist and journalist (one of the first female war correspondents), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1998)
  • 1909 Alberto Erede, Italian conductor, born in Genoa, Italy (d. 2001)
  • 1912 Jean-Louis Martinet, French composer, born in Sainte-Bazeille, France (d. 2010)
  • 1912 Joseph Fattorini, businessman, born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England (d. 1995)
  • 1912 June Havoc [Ellen Evangeline Hovick], Canadian-born American stage and screen actress, born in Vancouver, British Columbia (d. 2010)
  • 1913 Robert Strauss, American actor (Stalag 17, The Seven Year Itch), born in NYC, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1914 Lute T de Cock, student/resistance fighter
  • 1914 Norman Lloyd, American actor, producer and director (Dead Poets Society, Alfred Hitchcock Presents), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1914 Peter Mondavi, Napa Valley winemaker (Charles Krug), born in Virginia, Minnesota (d. 2016)
  • 1916 Frank McGuire, American basketball coach (won 550 games in 30 college seasons), born in NYC, New York (d. 1994)
  • 1916 Peter Weiss, German author and playwright (Marat/Sade), born in Nowawes, Brandenburg, Germany (d. 1982)
  • 1918 Hermann Zapf, German typeface designer ( Palatino and Optima), born in Nuremberg (d. 2015)
  • 1919 P. L. Deshpande, Indian Marathi writer, born in Mumbai, India (d. 2000)
  • 1920 Esther Rolle, Bahamian-American actress (Good Times, Maude), born in Pompano Beach Florida (d. 1998)
  • 1920 Eugênio de Araújo Sales, Brazilian Roman Catholic cardinal, born in Acari, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Douglas Townsend, American composer, born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2012)
  • 1921 Gene Saks, American actor and director (One & Only, Prisoner of 2nd Ave), born in NYC, New York (d. 2015)
  • 1921 Jerome Hines [Heinz], American basso (I am The Way), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1922 Christiaan Barnard, South African cardiac surgeon (perform 1st heart transplant), born in Beaufort West, Union of South Africa (d. 2001)
  • 1922 Ademir de Menezes, Brazilian footballer (Brazil national team 1945-53), born in Recife, Brazil (d. 1996)
  • 1923 Dmitry Jazov, Russian Minister of Defense (1991 coup), born in Omsk Oblast, Soviet Union

Person of interestJack Kilby

1923 Jack Kilby, American electrical engineer (Nobel 2010 - handheld calculator, integrated circuit), born in Jefferson City, Missouri (d. 2005)

Engineer Jack Kilby
Engineer
Jack Kilby
  • 1924 Joseph "Joe" Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy, Batman), born in Youngstown, Ohio (d. 1974)

Person of interestPatti Page

1927 Patti Page [Clara Ann Fowler], American singer (Tennessee Waltz), born in Claremore, Oklahoma (d. 2013)

Singer Patti Page
Singer
Patti Page
  • 1927 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," born in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England (d. 2018)
  • 1927 Samuel I Newhouse Jr., American magazine publisher (Parade, Vogue, Vanity Fair), born in Manhattan, New York (d. 2017)
  • 1929 Trevor McMahon, New Zealand cricket wicket-keeper (v India & Pak 1955-56), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1929 António Castanheira Neves, Portuguese philosopher, born in Tábua, Portugal
  • 1929 Bobby Bowden, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Florida State 1976-2009; National C'ship 1993, 99), born in Birmingham, Alabama
  • 1930 Edmund Happold, British structural engineer (founder of Buro Happold), born in Leeds, England (d. 1996)
  • 1931 Morley Safer, Canadian-American TV newscaster (60 Minutes), born in Toronto, Ontario (d. 2016)
  • 1932 Richard E. Lawyer, American astronaut, born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1932 Stephane Audran, French actress (Just Before Nightfall), born in Versailles, France (d. 2018)
  • 1932 Ben Bova, American sci-fi author (Exiled from Earth), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1934 Doc Green, American rocker (The Drifters) (d. 1989)
  • 1934 Roberta Hazard, American retired Rear Admiral (US Navy), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2017)
  • 1935 Alain Delon, French actor (Honor Among Thieves, Return of Zorro), born in Sceaux, France
  • 1935 Alfonso López Trujillo, Colombian Cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, born in Villahermosa, Colombia (d. 2008)
  • 1936 Virna Lisi, Italian actress (Assault on a Queen, Bluebeard), born in Ancona, Italy (d. 2014)
  • 1936 Edward George Gibson, American astronaut (Skylab 4), born in Buffalo, New York
  • 1936 Viscount Mountgarret [Butler], English landowner
  • 1936 Claudio Bravo Camus, Chilean born painter, born in Valparaiso, Chile (d. 2011)
  • 1937 Dragoslav Šekularac, Serbian footballer, born in Štip, Yugoslavia (d. 2019)
  • 1938 John Asprey, British jeweller and multi-millionaire
  • 1938 Pleuni Touw, Dutch actress (Bride Flight, Dokter Deen), born in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
  • 1938 Richard Stoker, British composer, born in Castleford, Yorkshire
  • 1938 Driss Basri, Moroccan politician (Interior Minister 1979-99), born in Settat, Morocco (d. 2007)
  • 1938 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, born in Bendel State, Colonial Nigeria (d. 1976)
  • 1942 Angel Cordero Jr, Puerto Rican Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1974, 76, 85), born in Santurce, Puerto Rico
  • 1942 Aleksandr Yakovlevich Kramarenko, Russian cosmonaut
  • 1942 Gerald Alston, American singer (Manhattans-Crazy), born in Henderson, Vance County, North Carolina

  • 1943 Martin Peters, British football player (England national team 1966-74) and manager, born in Plaistow, Essex, England
  • 1944 Bonnie Bramlett, American rock vocalist (Delandy & Bonnie), born in Granite City, Illinois
  • 1944 Rodney Slater, English rocker (Bonzo Dog Band), born in Crowland, Lincolnshire, England
  • 1944 Robert Nix, American musician (founding member of the Atlanta Rhythm Section), born in Blakely, Georgia (d. 2012)
  • 1945 Arnold Rosner, American composer, born in NYC, New York (d. 2013)
  • 1945 David Jessel, British TV reporter, born in Abingdon, Berkshire, England
  • 1945 Judith Lang Zaimont, American pianist and composer, born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1945 Tony Mann, Australian cricket leggie (1977 century as nightwatchman v India), born in Middle Swan, Western Australia
  • 1945 Don Murray, American drummer (The Turtles), born in Glendale, California (d. 1996)
  • 1946 Roy Wood, English rock vocalist and cellist (ELO), born in Birmingham, England
  • 1947 Margaret Rhea Seddon, American physician and NASA astronaut (STS 51D, 40, SK:58), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • 1947 Minnie Ripperton, American singer (Loving You), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1948 Dale A Gardner, American naval commander and astronaut (STS 8, STS 51A), born in Fairmont, Minnesota (d. 2014)
  • 1949 Al Berger, American musician (Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes)
  • 1949 Bonnie Raitt, American blues country singer-songwriter (Green Light, The Glow), born in Burbank, California
  • 1949 Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice Presidenf of the US National Rifle Association, born in Schenectady, New York
  • 1951 Larry Burnett, American rocker (Firefall)
  • 1951 Mary Hart, American TV hostess (Entertainment Tonight), born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • 1951 Alfredo Astiz, Argentine general and intelligence officer
  • 1952 Alfre Woodard, American actress (Primal Fear, Cross Creek), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • 1952 Christie Ann Hefner, American businesswoman, CEO of Playboy Enterprises (1988-2009) and daughter of Hugh Hefner, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1952 Jan Raas, Dutch cyclist (World champ 1979), born in Heinkenszand, Netherlands
  • 1952 Jerry Remy, American MLB player and commentator, born in Fall River, Massachusetts
  • 1952 John Denny, American baseball player (St. Louis Cardinals), born in Prescott, Arizona
  • 1953 John Musker, American animation director (Moana), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 Rickie Lee Jones, American singer (Chuck E's in Love), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1954 David Bret, British biographer and broadcaster, born in Paris
  • 1954 Michael D. Brown, U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency director (2003-05), born in Guymon, Oklahoma
  • 1954 Kazuo Ishiguro, British author (An Artist of the Floating World, The Remains of the Day, When We Were Orphans), born in Nagasaki, Japan
  • 1954 Jeanette McGruder, American musician (P Funk), born in Detroit, Michigan

  • 1954 Ricky Lawson, American musician, born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)
  • 1956 Randi Brooks, American actress (Man With 2 Brains, Tightrope), born in NYC, New York
  • 1956 Richard Curtis, British screenwriter (Blackadder, Four Wedding and a Funeral), born in Wellington, New Zealand
  • 1957 Yohan Gunasekera, Sri Lankan cricketer (2 Tests for Sri Lanka 1983), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1957 Pearl Thompson, British musician (The Cure), born in Surrey, England
  • 1957 Alan Curbishley, English football manager (Charlton Athletic), born in Forest Gate, Essex, England
  • 1958 Terry Lee Miall, English rock drummer (Adam & The Ants), born in London
  • 1958 Don Byron, American composer and clarinetist, born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1959 Simon Davis, Australian cricket pace bowler (Test v NZ 1986, no wkts), born in Brighton, Victoria, Australia
  • 1959 Chi Chi LaRue [Larry David Paciotti], American gay alternative film director and drag queen, born in Hibbing, Minnesota
  • 1960 Oleg Menshikov, Russian actor (Burnt by the Sun), born in Serpukhov, Moscow Oblast, Russian SFSR
  • 1960 Michael Nyqvist, Swedish actor (Girl with A Dragon Tattoo), born in Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1961 Leif Garrett, American singer and actor (Devil x 5, 3 for the Road), born in Hollywood, California
  • 1963 Dwight Smith, American outfielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Tallahassee, Florida
  • 1963 Paul Butcher, American NFL linebacker (Carolina Panthers), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1964 Chuck Cecil, American NFL safety (Houston Oilers), born in Red Bluff, California
  • 1965 Bart Latuheru, Dutch soccer player (Vitesse), born in Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
  • 1965 Jeff Blauser, American infielder (Atlanta Braves), born in Los Gatos, California
  • 1965 Mike Peluso, American NHL left wing (NJ Devils), born in Pengilly, Minnesota
  • 1965 Craig Chester, American actor and screenwriter, born in West Covina, California
  • 1966 Ulrich Cruden, Suriname soccer player (NEC), born in Paramaribo, Suriname
  • 1966 Gordon Ramsay, British chef and reality television personality, born in Johnstone, Scotland
  • 1967 Courtney Thorne-Smith, American actress (Day by Day, Lucas, Summer School), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1967 Henry Rodriguez, Dominican baseball outfielder (Montreal Expos), born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
  • 1967 Jay Taylor, American NFL cornerback (KC Chiefs), born in San Diego, California
  • 1967 Mark Zollitsch, American kayaker (alt-Olympics 1996), born in Orono, Maine
  • 1967 Rhonda Kottke, WPVA volleyballer, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 1968 Jose Offerman, Dominican infielder (KC Royals), born in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic
  • 1968 Keith Jones, NHL right wing (Washington Capitals), born in Brantford, Canada
  • 1968 Michelle Kline, American speed skater (Olympics 1994), born in Golden Valley, Minnesota

  • 1968 Parker Posey, American actress (Tess Shelby-As the World Turns), born in Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1968 Zara Whites, Dutch actress, born in Hoeksche Waard, Netherlands
  • 1968 Sergio Porrini, Italian footballer, born in Milan, Italy
  • 1969 Devon McDonald, American NFL linebacker (Indianapolis Colts), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969 Ricardo McDonald, American NFL linebacker (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Kingston, Jamaica
  • 1969 Roxana Zal, American actress, born in Malibu, California
  • 1970 Qadry Ismail, American NFL wide receiver (Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins), born in Newark, New Jersey
  • 1970 Tom Anderson, American co-founder of MySpace, born in San Diego, California
  • 1970 José Francisco Porras, Costa Rican footballer, born in Grecia, Costa Rica
  • 1970 Diana King, Jamaican singer and songwriter ("Shy Guy", "I Say a Little Prayer" remake), born in St. Catherine, Jamaica
  • 1971 Twan Scheepers, Dutch soccer player (MVV), born in Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 1971 Carlos Atanes, Spanish film director, born in Barcelona, Spain
  • 1972 Ken Blackman, American NFL guard (Cincinnati Bengals), born in Brunswick, Georgia
  • 1972 Gretchen Mol, American actress, born in Deep River, Connecticut
  • 1973 Frantisek Kaberle, Czech ice hockey defenceman (Team Czech Olympic gold 1998), born in Kladno, Czech Republic
  • 1973 Nicole Teter, American 800m runner, born in Palo Alto, California
  • 1973 Vanesa Littlecrow, Puerto Rican cartoonist, dancer, writer and model, born in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
  • 1974 Masashi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author, born in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • 1974 Seishi Kishimoto, Japanese manga author, born in Nagi, Okayama Prefecture, Japan